things i wish i didn’t know about marshmallows.

so, i made marshmallows. i needed some of those small christmas gifts to have on hand for moments when i need a little present for someone right now, when they are knocking at my door, kindly bearing a bit of holiday cheer. nothing like making up a mug of hot cocoa and having fancy homemade marshmallows to float on top… this was the theory behind marshmallow madness.

the practice, however, not well-considered: gelatin? corn syrup? scientific temperature control? oh, dear. by the way, have you ever poured boiling liquid sugar into gelatin and then smelled the resulting aroma? not recommended. it’s changed my relationship with marshmallows, and not in a good way.

long story short: minor fiasco. can fiascos be minor? no, it was a series of mishaps, only. (side note: the fiasco! episode on this american life is my fave. part one, peter pan: listen now!)

anyway, i’d made sure i had all of the ingredients and necessary materials, and got everything arranged, and my stand mixer set up, and plopped the candy thermometer into the heating marshmallow liquid on the stove. the thermometer, the brand-new one i bought that day, was defective; the red needle spinning wildly off the gate. then i noticed that my jar of “confectioner’s sugar” was actually flour. also, i had exactly 12 minutes to procure said sugar before everything went to hell. thank goodness for a (relatively) good-natured boyfriend taking an afternoon nap in the next room, and for a market just down the street. sorry, boyfriend, no nap for you! off to the store like a champion.

it all came together in the end, it really did! it all worked out, like how happens. and now there are marshmallows in pretty cellophane bags, ready for gifting. (and a few left out for us.)

what small goodies do you make up for your loved ones this time of year? something… easy?



6 thoughts on “things i wish i didn’t know about marshmallows.

  1. We just researched marshmallows and found out that originally they were medicinal. The sap from the marsh-mallow plant is a cough supppressant, immune system booster and wound healer. Of course, there is no sap used in modern marshmellows 😦

  2. Those look so nice in the bag, and your story reminds me of an ill-advised foray I took into making ketchup years ago! I think it took three days or something crazy, and honestly it was nowhere near as good as store-bought. Plus, my kitchen looked like a crime scene, so it’s a good thing I didn’t take pictures…. This year I made butternut squash rolls, and they were very yummy.

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